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By R. M. W. Dixon

This ebook units out to respond to a query that many linguists were hesitant to invite: are a few languages higher than others? will we say, for example, that simply because German has 3 genders and French simply , German is a greater language during this admire? Jarawara, spoken within the Amazonian jungle, has methods of revealing ownership: one for an element (e.g. 'Father's foot') and the opposite for whatever that is owned and will take delivery of away or offered (e.g. 'Father's knife');
is it therefore a greater language than English, which marks all ownership within the comparable way?

R. M. W. Dixon starts through outlining what he feels are the basic elements of any language, reminiscent of the power to pose questions, command activities, and supply statements. He then discusses fascinating positive factors together with gender contract, tenses, and articles, ahead of concluding together with his view of what the precise language might seem like - and a proof of why it doesn't and possibly by no means will exist. Written within the author's ordinary available and fascinating sort, and whole of private anecdotes
and strange linguistic phenomena, the publication may be of curiosity to all common language lovers in addition to to a linguistics pupil viewers, and especially to somebody with an curiosity in linguistic typology.

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